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Partnerships Are Just as Important as Technology at Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing

Jun 30, 2016

By Carlos Ferreira, Process Technician – SMT, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing   A leading, New England-based contract manufacturer, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing, Inc. is family-owned since 1976 and based in Tilton, NH. The company offers a full range of services to meet product assembly needs. Services include turnkey manufacturing, PCB assembly (PCBA), custom wiring harness assemblies, mechanical
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Thermal Profiling Responds to need for Smarter and Leaner Manufacturing Systems

Jun 23, 2016

Mark Stansfield, SolderStar   The future holds the possibility to monitor all machine data through technology developed by forward-thinking companies like SolderStar. Manufacturers will be able to profit from these resulting in increased productivity and profitability. Traditionally the main user of real-time reflow oven performance monitoring systems were medical, safety critical and military applications. The
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How Inspection Advancements Have Changed the Manufacturing Process of Microelectronics

Jun 15, 2016

Kamran Iqbal – Product Marketing Manager With electronic devices getting smaller and more complex the problem of inspection during the manufacturing process to ensure the product is fault free is complex. Each new generation of product must outperform its predecessors, in smaller package sizes and without significant increase in costs. As the size of devices
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The toughest conformal coatings for the harshest environments: How conformal coatings help automotive manufacturers achieve long-term reliability of assemblies.

Jun 9, 2016

Author: Phil Kinner, Head of Conformal Coatings Division, Electrolube   Introduction In a typical car today, electronic systems are critical to the smooth and safe operation of the vehicle.  Even before the engine starts, electronics have already unlocked the car.  Once you start the engine and step on the accelerator, sensors assist in getting out
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The Importance of Reflow Profile Optimisation and How it can Affect Modern Manufacturing Trends

Jun 2, 2016

Mark Stansfield, Managing Director, SolderStar   To produce electronic assemblies without a known thermal profile is detrimental, as you ‘cannot manage what you do not measure’. Without an established oven profile, problems can occur with soldering quality, cleaning issues or further down the line involving either rework costs or early component failures, a major flaw
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What did we do before we taped?

May 26, 2016

(Or are we “Reelin’ in the Years”) James Cawkell – Adaptsys   Tape and reel packing of surface mount electronic components is now well established and widely used by circuit board assemblers and electronic device manufacturers the world over. The technique is now also becoming rapidly taken-up by mechanical assemblers and manufacturers of electro-mechanical devices
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Enhancing the Performance and Lifetime of LED Designs

May 19, 2016

By Jade Bridges, European Technical Support Specialist.   The LED market is one of the fastest growing sectors within the electronics industry. With an increasing number of potential uses, LEDs are now present in all types of lighting, signage and domestic appliance products, to name just a few. In offering alternatives to halogen, incandescent and
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Behind electronics: Robotic Soldering Speeds Medical Advancements.

May 12, 2016

Advanced medical technology and robotic soldering: What are the requirements of medical electronics to support doctors? Medical devices require exceedingly high quality and reliability due to their roles in prolonging human lives. Such devices are designed from specialty components and materials not typically seen in consumer electronics. Soldering to these components, which may be exceedingly
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A Massachusetts Electronics Manufacturing Company Dramatically Increases Productivity in a High-Mix Environment

May 5, 2016

By Don Lockard with support from Vince Parente, Manufacturing Engineer, & Nick Siciliano, Manufacturing Engineering Manager   In the world of volume electronics manufacturing, seconds count. Cycle time is the rate that manufacturing printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies complete the manufacturing process on an assembly line. The world’s most productive PCB assembly plants produce PCBs
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Adaptsys programming system boosts productivity for German manufacturer of radio systems for home automation

Apr 28, 2016

ELDAT, a leading German manufacturer of radio systems for the home automation market, is using the ProgWorx device programming system from Adaptsys to speed the production programming of boards destined for use in RF transmitters for door opening systems. Using the ProgWorx system, ELDAT has increased the throughput of boards from 1000 pieces per shift
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